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Borage or Borago officinalis originates from the eastern Mediteranean, but is now widely cultivated. Borage has fuzzy, oval shaped leaves and flowers that bloom bright blue.
- Plant has mucilage, works as a blood purifier, cardiotonic, and calmative. Also used for coughs and depression.1
- Both young leaves and flowers can be used
- Borage is best used fresh or frozen, especially young leaves
- Flowers are used fresh or candied
- Fresh leaves have strongest scent and wilt quickly, so should be used quickly
- Can replace cucumber in salads
- Turns vinegar (acids?) blue when they come in contact with borage
- Flowers can be used fresh or candied as a garnish (salads, soups, punch bowls, etc)
- A summer herb due to flavors
- Teubner, Christian. Herbs and Spices Cookbook, The. (2000). ISBN-10: 0670871052.